Saturday, April 20, 2024

NOT For the Tony Awards: 6 Time Tony Winner Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon Will Hit Broadway in May 2019


With all the star power that piles up for the Tony Awards, here’s an announcement apart from the big show.

Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon will open in May, after the Tony season, in “Frankie and Johnnie in the Clair de Lune.” The idea is to celebrate the 80th birthday of playwright Terence McNally.

McDonald has won a record 6 Tony Awards for musicals and plays. Shannon is a two tune Oscar nominee who’s starred on Broadway and off Broadway in different productions.  The director of this production is Arin Arbus, daughter of the late Alan Arbus, half sister of photographer Amy Arbus, and not the daughter of Diane Arbus. (Her mother is someone else.)

These are two “names” who should be able to sell out the limited summer engagement run. Looking to forward to seeing these guys on stage.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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